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BR 25771 Corridor Second

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additional info and history
|lot = 30685
|cartype = [[:Category:Carriage Type SK|SK]]
|length = 63ft 5in
|weight = 36T (plate shows 37T)
|topscode = [[:Category:Carriage Type SK|AA21]]
|seats = 64 (48as built)
|built = 1962
|years1 = 1986
}}The BR Mark 1 Corridor Second (SK) was the most prolific of the Mark 1 passenger stock, with more than 2,200 built. Those in the Western and Southern regions seated eight per compartment, while those on Midland and Eastern routes seated six per compartment. Early examples featured veneered walls, while later batches used formica laminates. The SKs were an early candidate for withdrawal, being replaced by Mark 2 Open, HST sets and Networker Turbo units<ref name = StockBook>SVR Stock Book 9th edition</ref><ref name = SVRCT>SVR Charitable Trust</ref>.
==Service and preservation==25771 was built at Derby in 1961-2 1962 to Diagram 146 (AA210), Lot 30685. In entered service as M25771 in As built it had the London 48-seat ‘London Midland region in February 1962Region’ layout and was fitted with Commonwealth bogies, being renumbered M18771 in August 1983giving a weight of 36 Tons.<refname=longworth>[[Bibliography#Other References|Longworth (2013)]] ppp.144.</ref> It entered service as M25771 in the London Midland region in February 1962, being renumbered M18771 in August 1983.<ref name=longworth/>
25771 arrived on As 18771, it underwent modernisation at the SVR on 9 September 1991 from London’s Old Oak Commonrequest of sector-owner Network South East. In addition to painting in their livery, courtesy the changes included replacement of [[The 75069 Fund]]the 24 volt tungsten bulbs by short fluorescent 110 volt lights. As the 24 volt reading lamps could not be economically modernised, these were removed and a long plain mirror fitted to cover both missing lamps and the earlier mirrors which displayed the "rival" Inter-City double-arrow logo. <ref>SVR News 100</ref> It was formerly part of the withdrawn from service in October 1990<ref>[[CarriagesBibliography#Set_MOther References|BR MaroonLongworth (2013)]] running setp.119.</ref>.
==Preservation==‘18771’ arrived on the SVR on 9 September 1991 from London’s Old Oak Common, courtesy of [[The 75069 Fund]]. The carriage was delivered to the SVR by [[GWR 3717 City of Truro|3440 City of Truro]] which arrived in steam to attend that year’s [[Autumn Steam Gala]].<ref>SVR News 101</ref> It spent some time entered service still in Network South East striped livery, before being repainted into [[Carriage Repair WorksCarriages#Set_M|Kidderminster Carriage WorksBR Maroon]]the following summer.<ref>SVR News 104</ref> It then re-entered service, having been photographed there still suffering from a wheel flat which was present on arrival and which was not cured until a bogie swap was carried out during a minor overhaul in 2007 for the Railway Heritage Register Carriage Surveysummer 2003.<ref>SVR News 144</ref>
By May 2007 it was ‘10 years overdue for a repaint’<ref name=SVR191>SVR News 191</ref> and was photographed in poor condition for the Railway Heritage Register Carriage Survey.<ref>[[ 25771 on Railway Heritage Register On-Line]</ref> It was then sent to Arley to serve as a classroom during the 1940s event and was trapped there for 18 months following the [[2007 Storm Damage]]. During that time the batteries went flat, the doors swelled up and seats went mouldy. It was eventually retrieved and put into store, being considered possibly surplus to requirements.<ref name=SVR191/>
BR_25771_GarethPrice.jpg|25771 prior to the 2015 repaint (Gareth Price)
In 2015 the need was identified for a 'spare' carriage to replace vehicles from [[Carriages#The carriage sets|Set N]] that were due to be withdrawn in turn for overhaul. 25771 was thoroughly overhauled at [[Carriage Repair Works|Kidderminster Carriage Works]], having been photographed there in in May 2015 on Facebook, and outshopped in a later variant of BR maroon livery-with maroon ends. Appropriately the interior is typical of latter day Mk 1, being clad with light grey patterned Formica. For The 48 seat configuration with which the carriage was originally fitted has been replaced with a 64 seat configuration (the present its primary function is to replace vehicles change dating from the Network South East era?) and the carriage data plate edited accordingly (the plate also shows a weight of 37 tons rather than the 36 tons recorded for Lot 30685). <gallery>25771_Data_Plate_20180725.jpg|Data plate</gallery> Following this overhaul, 25771 was used as a stand-in for Set N that are withdrawn in turn as intended. It has since been available for overhaul, but once that programme is completed this very useful carriage is certain quickly to find other workoperational use as required.
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